Best of the Cheap All-in-One Printers

There’s a near endless selection of printers out there. Deciding which one is perfect for your needs could take more time than you have. But before you close your eyes and point to one, take a look at some of the top inexpensive all-in-one printers available on the market.

Not long ago, all-in-one printers were too expensive for the home or small office budget. But not so any more. You can get a quality printer without breaking your budget. Look at three of the choices you have below.

Kodak ESP Office 2170

This well rounded printer doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the expensive all-in-ones, but it has excellent print quality and won’t break the bank each time you replace the ink cartridges. This machine supports Wi-Fi, has an automatic document feeder for copying multiple pages, and lets you fax and scan.

For around $150, this printer supports a wide variety of memory cards and sports an easy to use control panel. The single input tray folds open at the back of the printer, while the output tray opens from the front. The 2170’s tradeoff for excellent print quality comes at the expense of an average print speed. However, this is expected in an entry level model like this.

Aside from the slow printing speed, the only other drawback is the printer’s lack of apps for smartphones and tablets.

Canon Pixma MG5320

For under $100 it’s hard to beat this all-in-one. This attractive machine produces excellent print quality and scans documents better than comparatively priced models. The Pixma also supports duplexing which allows for two sided printing. Like the Kodak ESP above, this printer supports a wide variety of memory cards and has a USB 2.0 port. You can also print wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet.

Unlike most inexpensive all-in-ones, this one print CD/DVD/Blu-ray labels right onto printable discs. It comes with a five-cartridge ink system but unfortunately has a high per page ink cost. If you want a printer that produces top quality photo prints, this is the model for you.

On the downside, this printer lacks an automatic document feeder, so you’ll have to feed multipage documents one at a time. This may not be the printer for you if you’re running a small business where you produce a lot of copies.

Kodak ESP C310

This printer comes in right at the $100 price range. Like the other two models, you can’t expect a speedy printer in this price range. However, the C310 prints, scans, and copies with excellent quality. This printer doesn’t fax, but few people will miss this feature. The LCD control panel is intuitive and easy to use; all you have to do is scroll through the menu and make your selection.

On the downside, the color ink cartridge houses three colors. If one goes out before the others, then you will have to replace the entire cartridge. The printing speeds are also a bit slow even for this bargain model. Overall this is a good choice for a family or home office on a tight budget.
Brian Prowse is a writer and self-proclaimed tech geek. He writes for sites such as www.247inktoner.com that specializes in Dell toner cartridges and HP toner cartridges. When he’s not writing or playing around with the coolest gadgets on the market, Brian enjoys travelling and graphic design.